According to some news publishers Major League Baseball announced today the most important environmental initiative in the history of professional sports, worldwide.
As part of Major League Baseball’s ongoing commitment to environmental stewardship, MLB today announced its development of a comprehensive software system designed to collect and analyze environmental data related to stadium operations across the 30 Clubs.
No League anywhere in the world currently keeps track of environmental data related to stadium or arena operations. Major League Baseball is the first professional sports League in the world to do so.
Initially, four categories of environmental data will be collected and calculated. Data will collected on:
1. Energy use, including total energy used, sources of energy, and use of renewable energy;
2. Waste generation, including total waste generated, materials diverted for recycling and composting, and cost of disposal;
3. Water use, including amount of water used, water conserved, and cost of water use, and;
4. Paper procurement, including the amount of recycled paper used in Club offices, in stadium restrooms and for yearbooks, game-day programs and media guides.
People all over the world love sports. Americans love sports. President Obama has said that at night he doesn’t watch CNN, he watches ESPN Sports Center. And athletes all over the world are influential role models to our children, perhaps second only in influence to parents and other family members. And yet, until recently, environmental advocates have not factored this fact into our strategies for promoting environmental awareness. Until now!
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